Does this early snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains indicate an early winter or is
it a teaser: showing what could happen this winter.
For the last several winters, we have had early snowstorms: snowstorms before
Halloween or Thanksgiving. But then nothing until Christmas or until New Years.
As I write this article, it is snowing in the Sierras and chains are required. It
was an old custom, once you bought chains for your car, you never took them out of your car. Even during the hottest day of the year they stayed in your car.
What people don't understand, a surprise snowstorm can hit an area in the Sierra at any
time of the year and disappear just as quickly. Tomorrow could be a very hot day, like a
blistering hot summer day(up into the 90), and the next day in the 30s.
The worst thing that could happen to a person is that if you have to buy a set of chains
in a snowstorm, they could be very expensive, several hundred dollars; whereas, if you
bought the same pair of chains on a clear normal day they would probably be around
$60.00 to $70.00. So if you are going to be in the Sierras for any length of time, a good
set of chains would be advisable, and don't leave them out of your car.
Remember, a bad snowstorm can hit the Sierras at any time, always carry a set of tire
chains with you. You will never know when you will need them.